Hold the rear handle with your right hand and the front handle with your left hand. Keep a firm grip with thumbs and fingers encircling both handles. Adjust the blade guard so that the rear section is flush with the work piece. This is to protect you from spatter and sparks. Before you start cutting, always make sure that you have good balance and a firm foothold. Important! For ergonomic and safety reasons, never cut above shoulder height. Stand on a scaffold or a platform (never a ladder) to make high cuts. Apply the cutting blade gently at full throttle and maintain full speed until you’re finished. To avoid injury if a kickback occurs, stand parallel to the cutting blade (instead of directly behind it).